Steve Jobs Case Study

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1. Explain how each of the five elements of our definition of leadership applies to Steve Jobs leading Apple. a. The five elements of leadership (Leaders-Followers, Influence, Organizational Objectives, Change, and People) all play an enormous part of why Steve Jobs and the Apple Corporation were so successful. Steve Jobs was an extremely intelligent, powerful, and influential man leading the top tech company of his time. Undoubtedly a strong Leader and backed by such a strong crowd that followed his path and instruction to the very top of a worldwide market of technological advancement. The text states that “followers influence leaders…” and that it’s a two-way street. The amount of supporters working in Jobs’ corner was massive, which I feel helped propel his actions even further to becoming a great success. b. Influence goes hand in hand with being a great leader. Steve sought the idea to motivate the minds of Apple to produce one of the worlds top selling gadgets today, the Apple iPhone. As technology advanced, so did the desire for all that Apple has to offer. They’ve released one the world’s top performing operating system, Mac OS as well as mobile iOS, which have been tagged as innovative and sheer performance based. I believe this was the initial spark for the Apple Corporation, which led to a wide spread craze for the Apple Products. The company would not be where it is today without a knowledgeable and skillful leader paving their way to success. c. Organizational Objectives I feel are something every great leader must keep close in vision as to effectively operate a successful company. Every person has the ability to succeed, but gathering that group of skillful minds and focusing on the main objective creates a company worthy of global monopolization. d. Chapter 1 states that “effective leaders realize the need for continual change to improve

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